Walmart Stock

Since the first quarter of 2003, the S&P Retail Index has been on a nice steady uptrend, bottoming around 250 in early 2003 to a recent historical high of 488.78 in July. That is a pretty decent return of about 95%. For the retail sector, it is excellent.…

All things go through a cycle. In business, the cycle is decidedly poignant, occurring throughout entire industries, as well as in the life of individual companies. A small company generally experiences significant crises just trying to get established with some solid sales. Profitability is often not achieved in…

Whenever I hear the name "John Walton" in the media, I automatically think of good old John-Boy Walton of "The Waltons" television series fame. The show was a favorite in my household, and we still often say "goodnight" to John-Boy, out of habit, after my husband and I…

Ever wonder how the super-rich manage to find trades that make 567%... 738%... even 1,126% or more, whether the stock market goes up or down? Here are two of their secrets: First, they're not interested in insignificant annual gains of only 9%... 14%... or maybe, in a good…

Let's pretend you're the president of a medium- to large-sized company looking for office space. You read the newspaper and watch the financial channels, and it seems as though everyone, including the Fed, is saying our economy is humming along. But on your search for office space, you…

I'm an adamant believer of the stock market being the best leading indicator of what's ahead for us. And while very, very few reporters know how to read a stock price chart, they get the job of reporting on and often analyzing the news for us. How do…

The U.S. Commerce Department reported yesterday that consumer disposable income (the money consumers have left over after taxes) rose only 0.1% in July -- the smallest gain since November 2002. The savings figures released yesterday show U.S. consumers posted a personal savings rate of only 0.6% in July…

Consumer buying is responsible for about two-thirds of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Unfortunately, more clues are rising that point to a "tapped-out" and "over-borrowed" consumer. Here are some recent gauges of poor consumer demand for goods: -- Yesterday, Wal-Mart announced it was lowering its sales forecast…

In June, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased only 0.3%, while core inflation (which excludes food and energy) rose by only 0.1% -- the smallest monthly increase in core inflation since the start of 2004. The U.S. dollar fell dramatically on world currencies exchanges on the news, while…

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announced yesterday that it expects same-store sales this June to be only 2% to 4% higher than in June 2003. This is big news because Wal-Mart had previously expected June same-store sales to be 4% to 6% higher than last year. In essence,…

This week, in what I believe was the United States' boldest move yet to curb the influx of deflation from China, the U.S. commerce department slapped tariffs as high as 198% on bedroom furniture imported from China. This decision could cut bedroom furniture imports from China by about…

How long will "buy and hold" investors hold on to their stock market holdings before they get fed up and sell? Here's what I'm talking about: -- A recent survey of over 10,000 mutual funds (yes, there are that many) shows an average 12-month gain of only 0.6%.…